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Survey: Government Not Doing Great Job of Providing Useful Data

Few people think that government agencies are doing a "great job" of providing useful data, according to a new Pew Research Center survey in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, but a majority said the Obama Administration's Open Government initiative may help journalists better keep tabs on that process.

According to a survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, 56% said that government data can help journalists cover government more thoroughly.

There is an even split (49%) on whether making government data public can improve services.